Freda Joy, 90, of Ina, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor.
She was born in Buzzard Roost, Elk Prairie Township in Jefferson County on June 14, 1923, the daughter of Perry and Lillie (Rigg) Williams. She married Allen “Short” Joy on Feb. 17, 1940, in St. Charles, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 2001.
Mrs. Joy was a member of the Ina Free Will Baptist Church and she loved her church family very much. Mrs. Joy worked at the Shoe Factory in Mt. Vernon, she was a cook at the Ina Grade School for several years and she and her husband “Short” ran the restaurant in Ina.
Mrs. Joy is survived by her four children, Brenda Fowler and husband Curtis of Ina, Ronald Joy and wife JoAnn of Ina, Rhonda Newell and husband Eddie of Bonnie and Randy Clyde Joy of Ina; nine grandchildren, Joy Schroeder and husband Marc, Wayne Fowler, Todd Fowler and wife Laurie, Barry Joy, Beth Ann Joy, Jason Newell and wife Stacy, Jennifer Schrimpf and husband Matt, Randy Alan Joy and Natashia Cruz and husband Rene; 22 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Isaacs of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Joy was preceded in death by her husband; parents; seven brothers, Burt, Pearl, Elva, Curtis, Kenneth, Olen and Max; and one sister, Mary Reynolds.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina with Bro. Jason Newell and Bro. Brad Ryan officiating. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Ina.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Johnston Funeral Home in Ina.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Kirk Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home at any time.